A Level Chemistry

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSGrade 6 or above in GCSE chemistry (separate science) or grades 6-6 or above in combined science: triology and
Grade 6 or above in GCSE mathematics
Students will need to successfully complete a bridging unit in chemistry over the summer.
CONTENT OF COURSE
Chemistry is a very interesting and hugely rewarding course which opens many doors to students in the future. Our students thoroughly enjoy the challenges posed by the course but success requires determination and a strong work ethic from the outset. Students learn how substances form, behave and interact; start to explain why reactions occur in the way they do, and consider how we can manipulate these to create new substances. 

The main aims of the chemistry course are to:
  promote enthusiasm for chemistry
  develop advanced practical and analytical skills
  ensure students can operate effectively and safely in a working
    laboratory
  appreciate how chemistry is used beyond the laboratory 
  allow students to discover how the different areas of chemistry
   overlap and support each other
  create knowledgeable, well rounded scientists of the future

Year 12 topics:
There is a 20% higher tier maths component in Year 12, incorporated into: atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, bonding and
periodicity, organic chemistry, energetics, kinetics and equilibria, reactions of elements.

Year 13 topics:
The maths component is built upon during Year 13 in further kinetics and equilibria, acids and bases, cabonyl and aromatic chemistry, polymers, DNA, structure determination, thermodynamics, periodicity electrochemistry, transition metals and inorganic reactions.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS
The chemistry course is assessed through linear assessment with students taking all their external exams at the end of Year 13. The A level will have an accompanying teacher recommendation of 'pass' or 'fail' for practical competence based on prescribed core practical activities.  

Paper 1 (2 hours) - physical and inorganic chemistry and practical skills.
Paper 2 (2 hours) - physical and organic chemistry and practical skills.
Paper 3 (2 hours) - any content, any practical skills

SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSION
Chemistry is fundamental for those choosing to pursue a career in chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. It is also of direct relevance to careers in other medically related areas, and courses such as forensic and environmental science.